The ongoing debate over whether the Village of Depew should finance two new pumper trucks for the volunteer fire department for nearly $1 million is expected to dominate Monday’s Village Board meetings.
Firefighters have been concerned about resolving the issue, since bids on the new trucks are on the verge of expiring.
Mayor Steven P. Hoffman has been outspoken in opposing the purchase while the fire department is adamant about how badly the new trucks are needed. The fire department says the replacement of two, 30-year-old trucks is critical for the six-company department and that they no longer meet safety standards and are costing a lot in maintenance.
In the midst of the debate, Hoffman has demanded the fire department find ways to cut costs and consolidate. The department says it filed a strategic plan, but is fine-tuning other ideas.
Hoffman has floated different options, none of which has been fully agreed to. Hoffman has discussed having the department consolidate from six companies to five by June 2016. But the fire department has not agreed to this.
The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session at the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St. The board then holds a regular business meeting at 7 p.m.